National Wattle Day
Welcome to Maria Hitchcock's Wattle Day website
Wear a spray of Wattle
and your allegiance pay
To the emblem of your country
For this is Wattle Day
Sydney Morning Herald 1916
Please join hundreds of Australians this year and celebrate National Wattle Day!
Wear a sprig of wattle in your hair, on your hat, on your lapel or fly a branch from your car!
National Wattle Day is celebrated
throughout Australia on the 1st September each year.
The day was
originally conceived as a day to demonstrate patriotism for the new
nation of Australia by wearing a sprig of wattle.
The day now has wider significance as a day to celebrate our natural environment, our flora,
our rainforests and bushland, our coastal heathlands and desert dunes.
The sprig of wattle should encourage us to preserve our fragile environment,
so that future generations will experience the joy of seeing our bushland light up each spring with golden bloom.
National Wattle Day gives us a chance to
demonstrate our collective pride in all things Australian.
For many years now our athletes have worn green and gold, our national colours inspired by the Wattle.
Maria Hitchcock, known as The
Wattle Lady, is responsible for gazettal of Acacia pycnantha
as Australia's National Floral Emblem and gazettal of National Wattle
Day on 1st September each year. She is the author of 'Wattle' (AGPS,
1991), 'Correas' (Rosenberg 2010), 'A Celebration of Wattle' (Rosenberg 2012) and is a Life Member of the Australian Plants Society.
Image of Acacia pycnantha from Australian National Botanic Gardens www.anbg.gov.au